Re: : Teacher tells students Linux is “illegal” and confiscates their copies

Mike Ward unforgiven24-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Wed Dec 10 16:25:32 UTC 2008

This is so absurd it makes me want to suggest it's a publicity thing.

- Mike

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM, Michael Lauzon <mlauzon-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at> wrote:

> Found this on Slashdot, however the quote is taken directly from the
> blog -- with a link to the blog -- and the subject of the message is
> taken from another story pointing to the blog:
> "...observed one of my students with a group of other children
> gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was
> giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the
> ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating
> the disks I called a confrence with the student and that is how I came
> to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you
> strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support
> your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I
> am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and
> spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to
> adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time
> allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I
> will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many
> others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you
> make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your
> attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but
> putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.
> This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and
> putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping
> these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they
> would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison
> of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service
> to those receiving them..."
> --
> Sincerely,
> Michael Lauzon
> --
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